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I tried to do a search on this but got nothing...today my son and I were in the store picking out poster board for his 4-H project. He picked this really bright flourescent orange one and after a few minutes looking at it, I experienced flashing colors like a kaliedascope and could not see right for the rest of my shopping trip. When I was writing my check there was a blind spot on part of the paper. Luckily my dad was driving and by the time we got home the problem was gone. The whole thing lasted about 1/2 hour. What do you think, ever hear of this happening? Should I see a doctor? Thanks

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I had the same problem about ten years ago, I had a torn retina, saw a specialist and they did the repair work. No more flashing lights and the color display also stopped. I do have vision in that eye, but there is a blank spot
that the Dr. said will always be there. Please go have it checked out asap, your vision is way to important to mess around with.
 

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Do you have migraines? When I was younger, I had a migraine almost every day. Lights--strong or flashing and /or bright colors could start it.. My son started having migraines at the age of 4 and had problems with bright lights.. If is happens again-- go to the dr. office or hosp. WHILE it is going on. QB
 

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I'd guess ocular migraine. I have them on occasion. It's scary. Mine usually last 20 mins or so before the center begins to clear. (I don't get severe pain with mine, like a normal migraine. They are just bothersome, nothing more really) I usually have to have several factors together to have an episode. Too little sleep, too much caffine, stress & hormones) here's a couple links

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/ocular-migraine.htm

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/3200/3266.asp?index=11253

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yarrow said:
I'd guess ocular migraine. I have them on occasion. It's scary. Mine usually last 20 mins or so before the center begins to clear. (I don't get severe pain with mine, like a normal migraine. They are just bothersome, nothing more really) I usually have to have several factors together to have an episode. Too little sleep, too much caffine, stress & hormones) here's a couple links

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/ocular-migraine.htm

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/3200/3266.asp?index=11253

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I use to have these quite a bit. No pain came with them. Mine was due to stress & hormones. I was pregnant when they started. They stopped when I greatly reduced the stress in my life 1 year later.

I would get it checked out just in case it may be something other than this.
 

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The kaleidoscope colors and blank spot could also be seizures; also it's also typical of a detached or torn retina. The thing that makes me think seizure is because it seemed to have been triggered by the bright orange paper. Seizures are set off by extremely bright or flashing lights. Many people with seizures even have to be careful of the webpages they visit.

You really should call your doctor for a check up to confirm the retina is not detached and, if not, possibly a referral to a neurologist.
 

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Karen said:
Seizures are set off by extremely bright or flashing lights. Many people with seizures even have to be careful of the webpages they visit.

You really should call your doctor for a check up to confirm the retina is not detached and, if not, possibly a referral to a neurologist.
Yep, I had a couple guys who worked in my plant who had this disorder (can't remember what it is called). I'd have to remember to have someone notify these two guys before I had the managers run a fire drill. Otherwise the bright white flashing light on the fire alarms located all over the plant had the potential to cause them to go into seizure.
 

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I also think ocular migraine. I get them too, and they are triggered by bright lights for me (and stress). The bright flourescent card stock could have triggered it. You end up with tunnel vision...you can see clearly in a small hole in the middle, but it flashes all around the outer perimeter.
 

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Karen said:
The kaleidoscope colors and blank spot could also be seizures; also it's also typical of a detached or torn retina. The thing that makes me think seizure is because it seemed to have been triggered by the bright orange paper. Seizures are set off by extremely bright or flashing lights. Many people with seizures even have to be careful of the webpages they visit.

You really should call your doctor for a check up to confirm the retina is not detached and, if not, possibly a referral to a neurologist.

This is true. DD has a seizure disorder, and we went to Dollywood at Christmas time. We couldn't bring her in to see Babes in Toyland because they used strobe lights in the show. But we went and saw a small short film about Dolly Parton, and the flickered the lighting system to simulate lightening, and even that I was concerned. I didn't know they had it in the show until afterwards, but DD seemed fine.
 

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dare2b, I only have minor pain (usually once the flashing has stopped) and rarely any nausea...and sometimes no pain at all. It just depends on the severity of the migraine.
 

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yarrow said:
I'd guess ocular migraine. I have them on occasion. It's scary. Mine usually last 20 mins or so before the center begins to clear. (I don't get severe pain with mine, like a normal migraine. They are just bothersome, nothing more really) I usually have to have several factors together to have an episode. Too little sleep, too much caffine, stress & hormones) here's a couple links

I have the same thing. I would get a donut of sight in my eye - or it would switch and I would have a blur of a donut shape where I couldn't see. Or, I would get pinpoints of sight or vice versa. It would switch back and forth. No pain -just the eyesight. Dr said it was related to migraines. I didn't take any meds for it since there wasn't any pain.
 

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I had one of those once- my doctor sent me to the eye doctor to be sure and it was an occular migraine. There was no nausea or headache- nothing but the flashing light blocking out my vision. It lasted 20 minutes and I haven't had one since.
 

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I'm really interested in this because about 4 or 5 years ago I had a couple of vision-related weird experiences myself. Can't think of any reason whatsoever for them to have occurred. I've thought I might have had a couple of tiny strokes, but the vision thing was the only symptom. What I saw was like when the eye doctor shines the light in your eyes—all red and the pattern of my blood vessels. It was so weird. I was at work, sitting at my computer when it happened on one of the episodes. I don't remember where I was when the other one occurred. It only took a few minutes to clear up and hasn't happened again. Naturally I was extremely nervous about driving for awhile after that, but had to commute back and forth to work. It's still a mystery to me. I never saw a doctor about it—no health insurance, ya know. Ah well, maybe it'll never happen again.

I hope you get to the bottom of what caused yours! Keep us posted, willya?
 
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